The Severn Valley Railway
The steam railway runs through Arley and can be seen from the magnificent Seven viewing point.
The Severn Valley Railway is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular, mainly steam-hauled, passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of about sixteen miles.
The journey is full of interest, as the route follows closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way on its journey between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. One highlight of the trip is the crossing of the River Severn by means of the Victoria Bridge - a massive 200-foot single span, high above the water that, incidentally, features in the film 'The Thirty-nine Steps' with Robert Powell in the leading role.
There being few roads in the Severn Valley, some of the views are only visible from the Railway. The scenery is varied and largely unspoiled, punctuated by the quaint 'olde worlde' charm of country stations, each one giving ready access to local villages and riverside walks
A day out...
Arley station of the Severn Valley railway is only a 5 -10 minute walk from Arley Arboretum and is a perfect stop on your day out to nip off visit the gardens and casually walk back to catch the next train on.
On your way you will be passing buildings dating back to the 1800’s and will be passing the slipway where a ferry operated from the 1300’s and past an historic church
What a day
Very nice place for a pleasant stroll...
"This is not the largest arboretum in the area, there is a bigger one nearby, but the area is very pleasant. The arboretum was wonderful despite a pretty dreary weather we had during the day and we, two adults and two dogs, thoroughly enjoyed wondering in the maze, taking pics in the Italian garden and cheering the sight of the steam train running across the valley below. I would also recommend stopping to visit the church of St. Peter at the border of the arboretum and having a look at the remains of the Arley Castle. We had some very good time indeed there."
Hamptoncherry Visited April 2016
Well worth a visit
"My wife and I visited the Arley Arboretum and Gardens yesterday. This is a lovely, quiet and unique place, with some very old and big trees,There were lots of small children, obviously having a great time on their "Bunny Hunt". We saw the Severn Valley railway train in the distance and the place is very close to the River Severn Valley. Nice walled gardens, which must look lovely in the summer. Lots of free range fancy chickens and some very new chicks. The whole pl;ace is lovely for young children and perfect for family picnics. All very reasonably priced with a pleasant Tea Room for snacks. Well worth a visit!"
Z2251COrichard Visited April 2016